Glenn McGrath is one of the most highly regarded fast-medium pace bowlers in cricketing history.
A leading contributor to Australia’s domination of world cricket since the mid-1990s to 2007. He holds the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler.
Glenn grew up in Narromine, New South Wales where he first played cricket and his potential was spotted by Doug Walters. He moved to Sydney to play grade cricket for Sutherland, and made his debut for New South Wales during the 1992–93 season. Glenn capped his rapid rise in the next Australian summer with selection in the Test team after only eight first-class matches. His Test debut was against New Zealand at Perth, in 1993–1994.
Glenn played for Worcestershire in the 2000 English County Championship, proving both successful on the field and popular with the county’s supporters. In 14 first-class games he took 80 wickets at 13.21, including an outstanding innings return of 8-41 against Northamptonshire, as well as making his first ever first-class half-century (55 against Nottinghamshire). He also played a few games for Middlesex in 2004.
In 2004, he became the first Australian fast bowler to play 100 Tests. In the first innings of the ICC Super Series Test match in 2005, Glenn passed Courtney Walsh to become the greatest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test history.
During the 1st Test at Lords in the 2005 Ashes series Glenn became the fourth bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets with the dismissal of Marcus Trescothick. This wicket was also the start of a very productive spell of 5-2 which led to England being bowled out for 155. He took 4-29 in the 2nd innings and was named man of the match in a comprehensive Australian victory.
Having taken a break from cricket since April of 2006, Glenn used the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy to reclaim his spot in Australia’s test XI. He took a 6 wicket haul in his comeback innings in the first test at the Gabba to set the tone for the rest of the series, with Australia winning back the Ashes in a record breaking 15 days of play. Glenn took 21 wickets in the series at an average of 23.90, as well as scoring 10 runs and taking 1 catch in what was to be his final test series.
Glenn announced his retirement from Test cricket in December, 2006. His Test career came to an end after the 5th Ashes test in Sydney, whilst the 2007 World Cup marked the end of his one-day career.
He was signed by the Delhi DareDevils for the Indian Premier League for a sum of USD 350,000 (INR 1.4 crore) to play in Twenty Overs games. His T-Shirt in IPL had the name “Pidge”, short form for his nickname “Pigeon”.
His late wife, Jane was British-born and fought recurrent battles with breast cancer and bone cancer. They jointly established the McGrath Foundation, for which Glenn McGrath has utilized his public profile to raise money to fund more Breast Care Nurses in rural and regional Australia and educate young women to become ‘breast aware’. Jane McGrath died, aged 42, on 22 June 2008. The foundation has so far raised over $12 million.
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